Bob Carter seal 14th Wensum Bowls League title in 17 seasons

Bob Carter clinched the Wensum League title for the sixth year in a row, and the 14th time in 17 years, with a maximum 10-0 win at Halvergate, who finished as runners-up.

To the credit of the visitors they made the defending champions fight all the way. Another classic encounter between young England ace Chris Mann of Halvergate and former England singles champion Trevor Brown saw Brown's triple edge home by just one shot.

Another close game saw Carter's Jackie Bridge, Kim Bridge and Jason Woods beat Michael Savage, Steve Lamb and Keith Cooke 16-15.

Carter won the other games more comfortably with Sue Hunt, Jamie Forster and Melly Woods beating David Lamb's triple 16-9 and Frank Edy, Malcolm Reynolds and Nigel Willard beating Robbie Lamb's triple 16-8.

Woodbastwick are through to the final of the Wensum Cup after defeating Thorpe Marriott. At Woodbastwick Thorpe team achieved an excellent 4-4 draw on points as well as drawing 55-55 on shots. Unfortunately for them, Thorpe were unable to do quite as well on their own mats as Woodbastwick clinched their place in the final against Bob Carter with a 6-2 away win for a 10-6 aggregate success.

Home advantage proved vital as Bob Carter brushed aside Kirby Bedon to reach the final of the Norfolk County Cup, where they will face last year's beaten finalists Wymondham at Sprowston on March 19. The match was level on points at the break after Kirby's Leonora Chilman, Shirley Brown and Selwyn Goldsmith won 12-11 and Carter's Margaret Reynolds, Kim Bridge and Trevor Brown won 24-4. Sue Hunt, Jason Woods and Melvin Woods finished off Kirby in the second half with a 26-5 win while Nigel Willard's triple beat Alistair Hunter by one shot to complete a 6-2 home win.

The Bure League title race sees four teams still in the running. East Tuddenham edged to a 6-4 win over titlle rivals Coltishall. Both teams won two games each but East Tuddenham grabbed the bonus points after Gillian Amos, Gerald Potter and Robin Amos beat Carol Aggas, Brian Bunting and John Aggas 20-9. Coltishall won 7-3 at Hevingham after crushing Anglian Windows 10-0 and 6-4 at home to Horsford Heroes. East Tuddenham's visit to Woodbastwick could well decide the issue of who wins the title.

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In the Thurne League Halvergate kept up their bid for a third title with an 8-2 win at Hemsby. Mike Tate, Josh Baxter and Robbie Lamb stormed to a 21-6.

In the Breckland League Connaught A visited Harling knowing that maximum points were badly needed if they were to keep the pressure on leaders Wymondham. Connaught skips Owen Secker and Sheila Bragg delivered the goods with wins of 28-8 & 23-12 but defeats on the other two mats left Connaught having to settle for a 6-4 away win.

In the remaining Breckland games Hingham Yellow won 6-4 at Banham, Forncett won 8-2 at Hingham Green and Watton slipped to a 8-2 home defeat against Harling Rec.

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